Barcelona eye full point against Valladolid
The game at the Camp Nou will also be extra special for Ronaldo Nazario, now president of Valladolid, who won LaLiga’s pichichi topscorer award during his stint at Barcelona in 1996/97.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, are going for a sixth consecutive LaLiga victory at home when they face Girona on Sunday lunchtime with key players including Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema bang in form.
Santi Solari’s side moved second in the table following last weekend’s 3-1 derby victory at Atletico de Madrid, while an out-of-form Girona have fallen to just one point above the drop zone.
Atletico, who dropped into third, make the short trip across the Spanish capital to Rayo Vallecano today afternoon for a second city derby, with both teams looking to get back on track after defeats in their last two league outings.
The weekend’s action kicks off yesterday evening with the meeting of two of LaLiga’s most in-form sides.
Eibar are unbeaten in their last eight home games at Ipurua including 3-0 victories in their last two, while Getafe have won three of their last five LaLiga games to climb to fifth in the table.
Today’s early game is a relegation six-pointer at Balaidos where 17th placed RC Celta will hope to build on three points in their last home game as they welcome a Levante side who need a result after losing four on the bounce away from home.
This afternoon has Real Sociedad hosting Leganes with the hosts allowing the visitors to wear their usual blue and white colours at Anoeta, a friendly gesture to repay Leganes having helped them out by doing similar last term.
Valencia host Espanyol tomorrow afternoon with both teams having improved results in recent weeks. Los Che are now unbeaten in five in LaLiga Santander and climbing steadily towards the top four.
Later on tomorrow fourth-placed Sevilla, aiming to strengthen their grip on the final Champions League qualification spot, visit a Villarreal side whose performances have improved lately but are still looking for their first victory of 2019.
The battle for European competition next year will also be uppermost in minds at the Benito Villamarin tomorrow evening, where seventh-placed Real Betis host an Alaves side just three points and one place above the Andalusians in the table.
Monday’s game sees bottom team Huesca look to continue their impressive upswing with a third straight LaLiga victory when they welcome Athletic Club to El Alcoraz.
Athletic will be confident after recent good results themselves, including last weekend’s 0-0 at home to Barça.
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